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Losing Your Eyebrows? A Brief History of Eyebrow Trends Plus DIY Remedies to Make Them Grow Back!

Posted by Sharon Gnatt Epel on

Our poor, abused eyebrows have been through a lot over the years. Eyebrow trends, just like clothing and fashion, change with the season, the decade, and can even reflect social and economic values.

Back in the 20s, the style was pencil-thin with ends that curved downwards. Was this severe look perhaps a reflection of a sparse economy?

Clara Bow

1920s - Clara Bow Photo credit: John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

Eyebrow fashion changed again in the ‘30s when movie stars adopted a more round, upward shape, as modeled here by Merle Oberon. Others, like Norma Shearer (below) went for an almost completely straight line without any arch whatsoever.   

1930s - Merle Oberon Photo credit: Sasha/Getty Images

Check out the following carousel of celebrities ranging from the 1940s through today, and you will see an amazing collection of trendy eyebrow fashion (*see key below for names and dates). Now try to remember that eyebrows are a living part of our bodies and respond to repeated abuse, like plucking, waxing and threading, by becoming more and more sparse. Medical conditions like low thyroid can also affect eyebrow growth, and often result in the disappearance of the outer third of the eyebrow.

Norma Shearer Joan CrawfordLena HorneMarilyn Monroe

Eartha KittAudrey HepburnTwiggyDiana Ross

Whitney HoustonKate MossCameron DiazKim Kardashian

So, if you have tried to stay fashionable and now find yourself with sparse or thinning eyebrows, do not despair! There are several home remedies you can try to encourage new hair growth. Here are three of the most popular ones:

  1. Castor Oil – has a reputation for being one of the most effective remedies around for promoting hair growth. How to apply: Soak a Q-tip in the thick oil and apply directly to your eyebrows before bedtime, daily. Stimulate the hair follicles by massaging them gently with the oil on them for a couple of minutes. The castor oil can be left on overnight. Be sure to buy organic Castor Oil that has not been extracted with hexane.
  2. Olive Oil – Rich in Vitamin E, Olive Oil stimulates the growth of capillaries, which in turn brings more blood flow to the eyebrow area. Apply it the same way you would apply the Castor Oil.
  3. Coconut Oil – has a long history of use in the Pacific Islands to encourage healthy hair growth pretty much everywhere on the body. How to apply: massage a few drops into your eyebrows area nightly and leave on overnight.

Each of these three remedies can be rinsed off the following morning with lukewarm water. No matter which of them you use, it can take several months for you to see a significant difference in the growth and thickness of your eyebrows, so be patient. Consistent application will result in improved hair growth and healthier follicles. You can also pat yourself on the back for using all-natural remedies, and avoiding the nasty side-effects that have been reported from using synthetic growth applications.


  1. Norma Shearer 1930s
  2. Joan Crawford 1940s
  3. Lena Horne 1950s
  4. Marilyn Monroe 1950s
  5. Eartha Kitt 1950s
  6. Audrey Hepburn 1960s
  7. Twiggy 1960s
  8. Diana Ross 1970s
  9. Whitney Houston 1980s
  10. Kate Moss 1990s
  11. Cameron Diaz 2000s
  12. Kim Kardashian 2010s
Additional photo credits courtesy of:
  • Norma Shearer - George Hurrell/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images 
  • Joan Crawford - John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images
  • Lena Horne - Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
  • Marilyn Monroe - Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
  • Elizabeth Taylor - Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
  • Eartha Kitt - Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
  • Audrey Hepbutn - Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  • Twiggy - Popperfoto/Getty Images
  • Diana Ross - Terry O'Neill/Getty Images
  • Whitney Houston - Chris Walter/Wireimage
  • Kate Moss - Ron Gaella/Wireimage
  • Cameron Diaz - SGranitz/Wireimage
  • Kim Kardashian - Noam Gala/Wireimage
  • Audrey Hepburn beauty tips Cameron Diaz Clara Bow Coconut Oil Diana Ross DIY Beauty Eartha Kitt Elizabeth Taylor Eyebrow growth eyebrow regrowth eyebrow trends Joan Crawford Kate Moss Kim Kardashian Lena Horne Marilyn Monroe Merle Oberon Norma Shearer Organic Castor Oil Organic Olive Oil thin eyebrows Twiggy Whitney Houston

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